Food markets excite me with their colour and bustle, and everyone looking for the freshest bargains. Whenever I travel, I seek out the best and biggest market to get a real scent and flavour of a place. Madrid leaves visitors spoiled for choice of wonderful markets, but Maravillas is the largest and most emblematic. It’s a thriving, multicultural Aladdin’s cave for foodies and anyone looking for great ingredients at amazing prices. If like me, you prefer the lively buzz of a market to the sterile aisles of a supermarket, make a beeline for the Mercado de Maravillas!
It’s so big that I guarantee you will get lost amongst the many stalls. As well as all sorts of fresh fish and seafood, meat, dairy, olives, spices, seasonal fruit, veggies and herbs, you can buy Latin American produce here; Chinese vegetables; French cheeses and special teas – all under one roof.
There are lots of great places to eat inside as well. Try some authentic Peruvian or Venezuelan dishes, or just have a beer or coffee while you take a break from marketing to do some people watching.
And instead of tossing packets in a shopping trolley, you can practice a little Spanish too – see you there!